Nine years ago, we stumbled upon the piece of land that would become our future home: a huge cornfield, with the corn 7 feet high. The surrounding fields that stretched out before us were a patchwork, some planted in corn and others in alfalfa. There was a big red barn with six silos in the foreground. Beyond the iconic barn, the fields were intersected by occasional lines of trees disappearing into foothills on the horizon.
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